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Stratolaunch, LLC Director of System Safety in Mojave, California

Stratolaunch is developing an air-launch platform to contribute to high speed research and development. The goal of Stratolaunch is to use the air-launch platform for enabling technologies that may not exist otherwise.

Stratolaunch has the potential for creating technology development opportunities for commercial, philanthropic and governmental organizations to collect rich and actionable data and drive advancements in science, research, and technology.

To achieve these great efforts, Stratolaunch needs a Director of System Safety to lead the safety assessment of the Stratolaunch architecture and has experience and/or understand working in a rapid paced experimental R&D environment.

This position will work with our Engineering and Operations team for both the carrier aircraft and payload development. This position will be based at our facility in Mojave, CA.

In this role, the selected candidate will lead the refinement and implementation of Stratolaunch’s system safety processes. In addition, core responsibilities will include contributing to the design and development of aerospace vehicles and processes from a safety perspective, documenting various system safety analyses, building and maintaining Stratolaunch’s Hazard Database, and assisting with safety-related requirements management. Also, it is critically important to have experience adapting safety recommendations that meet requirements while keeping aggressive development schedules.

This candidate must be comfortable working in a flight test environment. The right candidate will be comfortable in a concurrent design and build process where actionable system safety analysis recommendations must be provided in the absence of detailed design.

This position directly reports to our Chief Executive Officer. Candidates must have a strong engineering education background, a desire to work in aviation and aerospace safety, and excellent writing skills.

Essential duties and responsibilities:

  • Implement the Stratolaunch System Safety Analysis

  • Lead and perform safety analyzes such as hazard assessments, fault trees, quantitative reliability analysis, and single point failure assessments

  • Review and monitor all Safety Derived Requirements

  • Participate in the risk management process for Stratolaunch

  • Responsible for mission assurance for Stratolaunch customers

  • Serve in the Safety role for change management

  • Review and update safety-related portions of all documentation

  • Document risks and risk mitigation plans, and track risk changes over time

  • Analyze technical data with interpretation for application to safety assessments

  • Conduct safety evaluations of test set-ups, procedures, and the test itself

  • Communicate regularly/comprehensively to the Chief Executive Officer

  • Travel, as needed, to support the department


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to learn to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Reasonable accommodations may be made by Stratolaunch to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Strong communication skills

  • Strong knowledge of aerospace safety processes, including Ec analysis, hazards analysis, FMEAs, critical items list, and operational procedures evaluation

  • Experience with AS9100 or similar quality standards

  • Excellent attention to detail

  • Familiarity with requirements development

  • Familiarity with risk management

  • Facilitation skills and ability to communicate effectively to varied audiences to gain support or resolve concerns

  • Ability to work on their own initiative and prioritize tasking to fit within the business goals

  • Ability to quickly adapt to changing priorities


  • Excellent knowledge of fundamental aerospace safety processes, skilled at creating fault trees, functional hazard analysis, Failure Modes and Effects Analysis, probabilistic risk analysis, reliability, and system safety analysis

  • Knowledge of statistics and basic reliability theory


  • Bachelor’s degree (B.A. or B.S.) in engineering field from accredited institution

  • 15 years of experience in aerospace system safety fields

Special remarks regarding work environment

  • Travel estimated to be approximately 10%

  • Position is based in Mojave, CA

Applicants must be a US citizen or Green Card holder to be considered for this role .

Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law:

Job Category: Engineering